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Media Release

More significant rain set to swell Kimberley rivers and streams
Saturday 1 February 2014 – 10:00 AM
People in the Kimberley need to plan now for an expected swelling of rivers and streams this week with another tropical low likely to bring significant rainfall to the region.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Operations Area Manager Matt Reimer said the expected heavy rain associated with the tropical low was likely to cause floodways and river levels to rise rapidly and become dangerous.
“Continual rainfall over the past few weeks has seen most of the river heights in the Kimberley already reach moderate flood level,” he said.
“More forecast rain this week means some of the Kimberley’s rivers may reach major levels and cause flooding so it is important that people should take care near rising waterways.
“In particular, people in remote areas who can often become isolated because of floodwaters should plan their journeys including taking any essential supplies, and be aware of road conditions and closures.”
Mr Reimer warned that people have found themselves in dangerous situations after failing to follow warnings, and by attempting to travel or swim in floodwaters.
“It’s important people obey road closure signs and don’t drive into water of unknown depth and current,” he said.
“While it may seem like fun, walking, swimming or playing in floodwaters can be a very dangerous activity as you just don’t know what hazards may be lying under the surface.”
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) advises the tropical low will strengthen off the North West and is likely to reach Tropical Cyclone intensity before crossing the coast.
The system could affect people in the North West coastal parts of the Kimberley.
For more helpful tips to stay safe, you can find a Cyclone Smart or Flood Smart kit at your local SES unit or for more information visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au.
Media Contact: DFES Media and Public Affairs on 9225 5955

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